Repetitive Kitchen Tasks: How Do You Pass the Time?

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Snazzy new cherry pitter or no, twelve pounds of cherries just takes a long time to pit. So I discovered last week when I found myself faced with a seemingly endless mound of shiny red fruits. For mindless, repetitive work like this, how do you make the time go?

My top choice is to do it with friends. Whether it’s shelling fava beans, hulling strawberries for canning, or shucking corn for a barbecue, it’s much more pleasant in the company of friends. Even if the friend is just sitting next to me at the counter, the time goes by more swiftly with gossip and idle chatter.

Next to this, streaming videos, good music, and radio programs save the day. I was all alone in the kitchen for my cherry-pitting session the other week, so I set up my laptop nearby and brought up my Netflix Streaming queue. The laptop was far enough away to avoid cherry juice carnage, but close enough to let me glance at the screen now and then while pitting.

Sometimes, though, I like a completely quiet kitchen. Repetitive tasks can be meditative and soothing. It’s nice to let my mind wander while my hands work. It all depends on what I’m in the mood for.

How do you pass the time while doing these kinds of repetitive kitchen tasks?